Stage one: All registered candidates are required to take the ISEB online pre-test in October or November of Year 6. This will, preferably, be completed at their current school but if their school is unable to administer the tests, boys are able to sit them here at St Paul’s.
We will also request a report from a boy’s Head Teacher covering their character, academic strengths and interests. These reports and the pre-test results are carefully reviewed before deciding which boys are called forward to the second stage of the selection process, the interview. Parents and schools will be informed of our decision in mid-December.
Stage two: Interviews take place between January and July of Year 6. Boys take two 20 minute papers, one in English and one in Mathematics. When they have completed these, boys meet with a senior member of teaching staff who will spend 20 minutes talking to them about their academic studies. During this time parents will have the opportunity to speak to another senior member of staff.
If boys are attending schools which finish in Year 6, or are at school overseas, we will attempt to interview them between January and March.
We will write within three weeks of the interview to let you know our decision. This will be one of three outcomes.
• A place on the Main List. This offer must be accepted by end of year 7. If boys are attending a school which follows the Year 7 and 8 curriculum prescribed by St Paul’s when interviewed, their place is conditional upon continued good conduct and academic progress at their existing school, including an unreserved reference of support from their Head Teacher in Year 8.
Offers made to boys who do not attend schools following the St Paul’s prescribed curriculum in year’s 7 and 8 will be subject to the same conditions on progress, conduct and report, but we reserve the right to place additional conditions upon the offer. For example, one condition may be upon them achieving a minimum of 70% in prescribed subjects at Common Entrance. This condition is to ensure that boys offered places in Year 6 arrive at St Paul’s at 13+ equipped to handle the curriculum.
• A place on the Reserve List. Once the deadline for the acceptance of Main List offers has passed the Reserve List will be reviewed early in Year 8. This will involve St Paul’s requesting an up-to-date report from the Head Teacher and boys sitting written papers in English and Mathematics, after which some boys will be offered unconditional places for 13+ and a few more will be placed on a small waiting list.
• We are unable to offer a place at the school.
*The conditions of 13+ entry have changed from September 2021. Offers made for 2019 and 2020 remain conditional upon a boy’s performance in the Common Entrance or Scholarship examinations.